Most often we love to enjoy life in many ways. The bible has a vivid explanation of certain sins that have become oversight in the lives of many Christians.
How is gluttony a sin?. What is so bad about gluttony making it a sin?
I believe there are millions of people questioning ‘why gluttony is a sin’.After reading this post, I believe you will be mindful of your eating habit, especially if you are a foodie.
Even, science/Doctors warn us of the dangers of over-eating. Its effects include poor metabolism, overweight and inappropriate use of money on food, hence misuse of money.
The bible says it all.
Gluttony is a sin…Firstly, let’s try to understand the meaning of gluttony from Merriam Webster dictionary:
♦. excess in eating or drinking
♦. greedy or excessive indulgence
Gluttony is from a Latin word “Gluttire” which means to gulp down or swallow. Which is understood as overindulgence or over-consumption of food, drink or wealth. It is classified as one of the “7 deadly sins” in the bible.
We all love food right?. But here the Bible teaches us that overeating/gluttony is a sin. It might sound very hard for believers and non-believers to accept. But that is the truth. Your reaction would be a surprised one just like someone hearing gossip as sin for the first time.
God hates gluttony because it drives people away from him. They only care about satisfying their stomach in excess. This is a form of idolizing food or your stomach(Philippians 3:19). Remember that the flesh and the Spirit are two opposing subjects.
The more you give too much attention to your flesh over your spiritual need, the more you become weak spiritually.
It is not good to overeat or overdrink because there are many more people around the world who need help. If you have excess food don’t consume beyond normal. Many people around the world are starving to death.
Lessons From The Bible That Clarifies Why Gluttony Is A Sin
Gluttony has been a sin since the ancient days. Today too gluttony is a sin. Sodom was guilty of gluttony and God ruined his anger on the inhabitants. The Bible records:
”Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: pride, fullness of bread, and prosperous ease was in her and in her daughters; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy(Ezekial 16:49).
The bible further condemned gluttony like this;
“Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path.
Do not be among ones drinking too much wine, or those who gorge themselves on meat: for the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor; and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”(Proverb 23:19-21).
Does That Means Feasting Is A Sin?
Some instances in the bible actually encourage feasting for the glory of the Lord. But gluttony is a sin and will always be a sin. The same Christian bible makes us understand that
“Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”(1Corinthians 10:31)
The best thing to do to avoid falling into this deadly sin is to consume moderate food and drink. Don’t overeat to satisfy your flesh. Instead get filled with the holy spirit through the reading of the Bible, fasting, and prayers.
Pass on excess food to those who need it as well. Don’t be greedy and overeat. Develop the ability to say “NO” to anything in excess.
This is a big blow to foodies. But the truth is always the truth. It hurts but accepting it helps a great deal. Control your taste for food and world pleasures as well.